About Us

img_3558Welcome to The Watercraft Journal, my name is Kevin Shaw, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher (and you can reach me directly at kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com). Together with my wife and daughters, I wanted to pursue my love for personal watercraft, those who encompass the industry and accompanying sport, and create something unique – something that matters.

Here you will find a daily supply of uniquely-written industry news, honest product and personal watercraft reviews (and at times, they might be a little too honest), timely event coverage across around the globe, informative technical how-to articles, shop tours, interviews, gorgeous pictures and some pretty cool videos.

You can count on us to publish new articles every single day, Monday-through-Friday. No other magazine compares and since launching in 2013, have become the single-largest, most popular PWC in the world. Best of all, The Watercraft Journal is for you to share with your friends and families. That’s why it’s 100-percent online and it’s 100-percent free to you.

The Watercraft Journal Staff

Kevin ShawKevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com
Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.


Zack BrightZack Bright

Zack Bright is a Professional Freerider based out of Oceanside CA. He was ranked 3x the Vice World Champion and #1 in America 3x in that discipline. Currently focusing on "Dad Life" with his wife, Kristen, Zack is working on select events and promotion of his sponsors by creating media and achieving podiums at every event he attends. You can find him working at his shop building top caliber Freeride machines/producing media and promoting the sport and friends of Freeride at Ruthless Unlimited on the daily.

Ryan DobersteinRyan Doberstein

Ryan Doberstein became a Pro Freestyle athlete in October after earning himself a 3rd place finish at the 2017 IJSBA World Finals in Amateur Freestyle. In the same year, he won the Pro Watercross National Champ and Tour Points Champ titles for Amateur Freestyle. Ryan has become an ambassador for Freestyle Jetskiing over the years and looks to bring this passion to The Watercraft Journal. He’s been riding standup jetskis for 16 years now and believes to have ridden nearly every OEM and Freestyle-specific hull and engine on the market. He’s a native of Buffalo, NY, but resides in Charlotte, NC now and can be found traveling all over the US during the jet-ski season.

Andrew DonovanAndrew Donovan

Known throughout the Australian PWC scene as "Skip" and for his astounding eye behind the lens, Andrew's "Photos By Skip" have become some of the best action shots in performance watercraft. When he's not shooting skis, he's freeriding the surf.

Jim FlynnJim Flynn

Jim Flynn of J. James Photography is a native of Washington state and former Marine. Wildlife and action sports are favorites to capture, it is the emotion of a moment that is precious!

Ashley HaudeAshley Haude

Ashley "chixwithtrix" Haude is an avid motorsports enthusiast who loves to share the stoke with fellow riders. After years of riding sport bikes, drift cars and dirt bikes - stand up jet skis became a life passion from racing to freeride in 2015. You can find Ashley on the water most weekends, or in the garage during the week working on her skis.

Blair HullBlair Hull

Blair's a 33 year old father of two and a jet ski fanatic/racer who spends his summer months at the lake practicing or racing stand up jet skis. And spends most of his winters getting ready for the upcoming season and annoying anyone that knows him by talking about jet skis way too much.

Amanda LeCheminantAmanda LeCheminant

This Florida girl spends her days lawyering, her nights singing with a symphony choir (yes, you read that correctly) and her weekends on the water. Having grown up watching F1 racing with her Dad, and later taking to the track herself in a Mini Cooper S, racing is in her blood. Underneath her gloves you might find a fresh mani, but don’t let the pink helmet fool you, this girl is ready to compete with the boys.

Brice LeckroneBrice Leckrone

Brice is a Mechanical Engineer for 33% of the day and a PWC enthusiast for 100% of the day. When he is not at work or at the farmhouse with his wife and countless animals, he likes to be on the water. Having evolved from motorcycles and race cars that go way too fast for a married man, he now likes to ride watercraft that go way too fast for a married man.

Mike MajkaMike Majka

Mike is a Tennessee local who formed the Middle Tennessee Personal Watercraft Club in 2010, which has grown into one of the largest PWC clubs in the state hosting monthly rides.

Kurt NgSayeKurt NgSaye

Kurt NgSaye is originally from New York City and after serving many years in the Air Force now calls Melbourne Florida home. He’s a current jet-ski rider/racer He’s an avid photographer and has taken pictures of many events across the sunshine state to include P1 Aqua X and Daytona Freeride. “I’m just out there having fun.”

Ocean PriselacOcean Priselac

An avid mountain and bodyboarder who lives by "if you don't go, you'll never know," with an affinity for wildlife and animal rescue; surf forecasting is a huge part of Ocean's life and was a winner in Red Bull's Project Swell several years ago. The 2014 LB2CAT was her first jet ski competition and can't wait to do it again!

Pavlina WilliamsPavlina Williams

From Ostrava, Czech Republic, Pavlina (or Pavi to her friends) now resides with her boyfriend and JetManiac owner Chris Williams in Orlando, Florida. Owner of Naughty Water and a stellar freeride photographer, Pavi is also a fine freerider on her own accord aboard her Superfreak.

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